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Letter: State actions harming local jobs

State actions harming local jobs

12:14 PM, May 8, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: Gov. Scott Walker has promised to create 250,000 jobs. But there are jobs being lost due to some of his administration's decisions. A contract for school software was awarded to a Minnesota firm rather than keeping it in Wisconsin. This will no doubt result in a loss of jobs in and around the Stevens Point area. Skyward, the Wisconsin company, claims it would produce a $2.6 million savings annually. If the other company has a better savings plan, why not give the Wisconsin company a chance to match it?

Another example of jobs being lost is due to the scheduled highway overpass project north of Merrill on Highway 51 at the intersection of County Highway C and North Star Road. This overpass will not provide any on- or off-ramps and will put the gas station/convenience store out of business due to a loss of highway access. This is a double whammy because not only will the employees at the commercial enterprise be out of work but the owner will lose his business.

At a recent meeting dealing with this project, the Department of Transportation folks said it was part of the long-range plan for this section of highway started back in the 1970s. That would be close to 40 years ago. I think the plan needs to be updated to take into consideration current economic situations. The governor needs to be reminded that it is easier to keep jobs than it is to create them.

Patrick Hommerding,

Merrill

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